Top 10 Most American-Made Cars: 2017

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu
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top 10 most american made cars 2017

For the first time in its 11-year history, the American-Made Index has been revamped.

It’s no surprise, considering last year’s American-Made Index from only yielded eight cars, so it was only a matter of time before the methodology was changed. Had used its original requirements this year, only three 2017 models would have qualified, which doesn’t make for a terribly exciting study.

This year, the American-Made Index became an analysis of cars assembled in the U.S. with high domestic parts content, predominant U.S. sourcing for engines and transmissions, and high U.S. manufacturing jobs supported per vehicle. It also de-emphasized overall sales.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Non-American Cars Made in America

To compile the data, analyzed light-duty passenger vehicles built in the U.S., with more than 120 in total. Here are the top 10 most “American-made” cars today.

10. Honda Pilot

top 10 most american made cars 2017

Assembled in Lincoln, Alabama, the Honda Pilot comes in 10th place this year on the newly revamped American-Made Index. Last year, the Honda Pilot came in fifth place.

Read our Honda Pilot Review

9. Honda Odyssey

top 10 most american made cars 2017

Joining the Pilot is the Honda Odyssey minivan, which is also assembled in Lincoln, Alabama. The Odyssey was also present on the list last year, finishing in fourth.

Read our Honda Odyssey Review

8. GMC Acadia

top 10 most american made cars 2017

Last year, the GMC Acadia ranked seventh, and the SUV makes a return to the list at the seventh spot. The GMC Acadia is assembled in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Read our GMC Acadia Review

7. Ford Expedition

top 10 most american made cars 2017

The first of three Ford vehicles on the list is the Expedition, which is built in Louisville, Kentucky. None of Ford’s vehicles were on the American-Made Index last year.

Read our Ford Expedition Review

6. Ford F-150

top 10 most american made cars 2017

Built in Dearborn, Michigan, and Claycomo, Missouri, the popular Ford F-150 pickup truck ranks sixth on the American-Made Index.

Read our Ford F-150 Review

5. Acura RDX

top 10 most american made cars 2017

Acura’s SUV lands in fifth place this year, after not being present on the index last year. The Acura RDX is assembled in East Liberty, Ohio.

Read our Acura RDX Review

4. Honda Ridgeline

top 10 most american made cars 2017

The most American-made car from Honda is the Ridgeline pickup truck, built in Lincoln, Alabama. The Ridgeline was not on the list last year.

Read our Honda Ridgeline Review

3. Ford Taurus

top 10 most american made cars 2017

Built in Chicago, the Ford Taurus comes in third place on this year’s American-Made Index.

Read our Ford Taurus Review

2. Jeep Cherokee

top 10 most american made cars 2017

With the change in methodology, Jeep shows up on the American-Made Index this year after noticeably missing last year. The Cherokee, which is assembled in Toledo, Ohio, and Belvedere, Illinois, comes in second place.

Read our Jeep Cherokee Review

1. Jeep Wrangler / Wrangler Unlimited

top 10 most american made cars 2017

The most American-made car in this year’s index is the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which are both assembled in Toledo, Ohio.

Read our Jeep Wrangler Review

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Davin Peterson Davin Peterson on Jun 27, 2017

    The Toyota Camry is built in America at one of their plants

    • Perry F. Bruns Perry F. Bruns on Jun 28, 2017

      The Toyota Camry is assembled at four different Toyota plants worldwide. United States: Georgetown, Kentucky Japan: Toyota, Aichi (Tsutsumi plant) Thailand: Chachoengsao (Toyota Gateway) China: Guangzhou, Nansha